The Hamilton Diaries

Thomas Andrew Hamilton was born in Liverpool in 1860 and migrated to Brisbane in 1866. He wrote his diaries from about 1890 to 1950.

HaMilton Diaries

1890
In 1890, Thomas Andrew Hamilton killed 19 snakes. The year started at Woombye, where his uncle lived, with his cousins working on his scrub, and him... 

Hamilton Diaries

1910
Some 20 years after the first diary Thomas Andrew Hamilton was building and selling wagons, buying and selling land and building houses. In March he... 

Hamilton Diaries

1911
In 1911 T.A. Hamilton was elected Councillor. His business running the shop, manufacturing vehicles, real estate and property development appeared... 

Hamilton Diaries

1912
In 1912 T.A. Hamilton witnessed the Brisbane general strike. He referred to the "wonderful crowds" on the second day of the strike when over 25,000... 

Hamilton Diaries

1913
T.A Hamilton may well have been superstitious he did not buy a fresh diary for 1913 but instead used another 1912 diary, amending the year and the... 

Hamilton Diaries

1914
Only January has been transcribed for the year of 1914. T.A. Hamilton continued building houses in Sandgate. Unlike in 1890, T.A. rarely commented on... 

Hamilton Diaries

1936
By 1936 T.A. Hamilton was 75 years of age. Once again, he was recording weather conditions, but only occasionally. In January he and M.J. moved to... 

Hamilton Diaries

1938
In 1938, Thomas Andrew Hamilton turned 78. His wife died four days later; they had been married almost 51 years. He also suffered gout in his big toe... 

Hamilton Diaries

1943
In 1943, Thomas Andrew Hamilton became notably more devout, quoting scriptures in his diary. This may have been a New Year's resolution as it lasted... 

Hamilton Diaries

1946
In 1946 Thomas Andrew Hamilton acquired a thermometer and kept a record of the daily temperature. He also writes in December of the worst storm known... 

Hamilton Diaries

1947
In 1947 Thomas Andrew Hamilton listened to the Test Cricket which finished in a draw. 

Hamilton Diaries

1951
In 1951 Thomas Andrew Hamilton died. He passed peacefully away at quarter to ten Sunday evening October 7 1951 at the age of 91. On his birthday on...